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Diary: Matt Hancock’s ‘Luvvie’ line loss limits likelihood of lynching

Former culture secretary Matt Hancock
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Tabard has lost count of the number of times one has spoken with performers who have been angered at the casual use of the word ‘luvvie’ to describe them and their sort.

Indeed, David Suchet went as far as to say the public had lost respect for the acting profession because of it. He might have a point. So you wouldn’t expect a former culture secretary to employ the term, would you? Surely their time in office has taught them something about what gets arts folk riled?

You might think so. But Tabard’s attention was drawn to a speech being given by former culture secretary Matt Hancock last week about the importance of the arts.

Listen to me, the health secretary said. I know, I’ve worked in the sector: “We should value the arts because they’re essential to our health and well-being. And that’s not just me as a former culture secretary, who’s spent a lot of time around luvvies,” he was due to say. Note Tabard uses the word “due”, however.

When the speech was actually delivered, that sentence appeared to have been dropped. It seems some eagle-eyed aide cottoned on to how inappropriate the sentence was and quickly removed it, sparing Hancock from the clutches of some very angry actors.

Which is probably a good thing. Actors can be a vicious bunch at times. Especially that Suchet. Mess with him at your peril…

tabard@thestage.co.uk

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